Inside Football: Transfer Market Bullies

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Inside Football: Transfer Market Bullies

Inside Football brings you an inside look on debatable issues in the football world.

I.F doesn't mean to aim all its criticism on the same men, but club owners have gained the reputation of "market bullies". I am sure Arsene Wenger would agree that Roman Abramovich's approach to the transfer market is closest to bullying than anything else.

Whenever a club's chase for a player gets discussed in papers, the market bullies are suddenly interested in the player, just to make sure that no other clubs bring in top quality players. With their money power that enables them to offer huge amounts of wages and transfer fees, big clubs can sign anyone from under the noses of smaller clubs. 

Arsenal's interest in Shaun Wright-Phillips 3 years ago sparked a Chelsea interest. And while Arsenal offered £10 million, Abramovich's Chelsea offered £21 million and signed Wright-Phillips.

However, big club's bullying is not only about money; it also has to do with a club's power, which is its reputation. The primary bullies of the transfer markets have always been Real Madrid. Whenever they are interested in a player that can bring them trophies and boost their shirt sales, they declare their interest in him openly.

Cristiano Ronaldo's ongoing transfer saga shows Real's bullying and lack of professionalism, as they publicly declared their interest in Ronaldo on several occasions. 

The big clubs are having their way in the transfer market, unsettling every player they want, and yet the supposedly neutral governor of world football, FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has compared today's football players to "modern slaves".

The only slaves in my eyes today are small clubs that are having to give up on their targets and sell their most valuable players, with "modern slaves" only chasing better pays in a game that has become all about the power of cash.


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